About Us

Social enterprise Birmingham 

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iSE is a Birmingham based Social Enterprise Development Agency. We provide start-up and development opportunities for social enterprises, consultancy to the public and private sector on Social Value, Social Impact and Diverse Supply Chains, and training to other organisations and individuals who want to understand social enterprise in Birmingham and beyond.

With over 20 years experience providing place-based social enterprise development , start-up programmes and consultancy for scale, impact and growth, we are the go to partner for any business who wants to make a difference to people’s lives, community, and the world.



What we do

We think  – about the challenges facing local and combined authorities and help them to shape their social enterprise strategies. through our consultancy services.

We act –  to support social entrepreneurs, from individuals with an idea to people who have started their business and want to grow. Our coaches offer expert advice and guidance either through private consultation or our range of funded programmes. 

We educate – communities. That means in schools, community groups, partner organisations like JobCentre Plus, and with corporates to raise awareness, inspire innovation and develop supply chains. We also provide training to business advisors on what makes social enterprise so unique in the business world.

iSE’s expertise in research and analysis draws in global and cross-sector knowledge to place us at the cutting edge of social enterprise thought. 

Where we work

We wholeheartedly champion the sector as a different way of doing business. And although we’re based in Birmingham, we work on projects both nationally and internationally. 

iSE has two locations in Birmingham:

Avoca Court in Digbeth – our office in the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter is home to Living Well Consortium of mental health services. It also has a comfortable, modern board room available to hire.

Women’s Enterprise Hub in Sparkbrook – a Social Enterprise incubation hub, where we deliver specialist women’s enterprise support in the heart of one of the most vibrant and diverse communities in the country. As well as providing office space for female-led start-up social enterprises, the Hub also has two large rooms for hire for training and events as well as smaller space suitable for meetings and counselling.

Our Social Mission

iSE aims to grow the social economy through the development of the social enterprise sector, creating employment, regenerating communities and creating social impact.


Find out more about our complete range of  services to grow the social enterprise sector.